NHL gamers are inclined to intestine out accidents throughout the playoffs, but what Tuukka Rask performed via throughout the Bruins’ playoff run is absurd.
As Rask confirmed to reporters throughout Friday morning’s exit interviews, he dealt with a torn labrum in his hip throughout the playoffs. He will have to have surgical procedures to restore the concern.
“I have a torn labrum in my hip. I am likely to do surgical procedures,” Rask reported, for each Nick Goss of NBC Sports activities Boston. “I just do not know what the exact date is, likely within just a thirty day period. I’ll start off the restoration method and then we are going to see what the foreseeable future retains following that. Ideally, the restoration goes perfectly and I’ll be completely ready to play hockey at some stage next 12 months.”
It was apparent throughout the remaining pair of online games in the Bruins vs. Islanders sequence that Rask wasn’t very himself. He performed just two periods against New York in Activity five, surrendering 4 ambitions on 16 shots, prior to exiting. Boston mentor Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Rask had “some servicing that wanted to be accomplished” throughout the remaining period of time of the video game.
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In Activity 6, Rask saved 23 of 27 shots but failed to seem a hundred p.c. He wasn’t relocating as perfectly as he had previously in the sequence. Immediately after the Bruins were being removed, Cassidy hinted that Rask wanted surgical procedures.
Now, we know why. That Rask was in a position to continue to be on the ice with a torn labrum in his hip is impressive. Nevertheless, participating in via the injuries may possibly cost him some participating in time next period.
Rask reported that he needs to play in Boston all over again next 12 months, but he is not going to be in a position to return until finally January at the earliest.
“I do (want to play next 12 months). Mentally, I am up for that,” Rask reported. “The actual physical aspect, hopefully almost everything goes perfectly. We would likely be on the lookout at a January or February return to hockey. Which is kinda the approach, and hopefully it operates out.”
Undoubtedly, if Boston needs Rask (a free agent) to return, possessing him sidelined to start off the period is not suitable.
A dilemma arises from this as perfectly did Boston actually have to start off Rask at less than a hundred p.c?
The Bruins have a prosperity of goaltender talent. Their backup, Jeremy Swayman, posted a 7-3- history, .945 help save share and 1.fifty ambitions against average in 10 regular-period begins. And veteran Jaroslav Halak (9-6-4 history, .905 SV share, two.53 GAA) also was also offered.
Sure, beginning possibly about Rask would have been a risk. Swayman’s an inexperienced rookie and he did give up a goal on three shots against the Islanders in relief of Rask throughout Activity five. Halak struggled toward the conclude of the period following coming off the COVID checklist and saw Swayman overtake him on the depth chart.
But both of those did have one particular edge about Rask: They were being presumably healthful.